IMRI is a multi-disciplinary centre designed to cultivate research and innovation activities in collaboration with industry and other academic institutions. The institute leads the UK and is internationally known for its strong applied materials science and engineering applications through the development of new, designer and novel smart and multifunctional materials (fibers, fabrics, films, foams and particles) at nano and micro levels, as well as associated processing technologies that strive to contribute to futuristic solutions and new horizons within the global marketplace.
PhD by Research and Publication
Students with appropriate background could enrol on conventional PhD programmes and pursue their area of interest or select their project topic from an array of topic areas offered by the specialist staff. Alternatively, interested candidates with appropriate backgrounds could select to do their PhD by publication without having to be physically present at the university.
Conventional PhD programmes in any of the research activities are available for those who wish to continue their studies. Usual access route to these programme are first class degree or M.Sc. in relevant subjects..
Many high-calibre professionals with first-class degrees undertake research and developmental activities while working. The Centre recognises that this often leads to outstanding results. The Ph.D.-by-publication will formally acknowledge your work at the highest level. The programme is designed so you don’t have to leave work.
Who benefits ?
- A PhD will increase your breath of knowledge
- Your organisation will benefit from an enhanced status and recognition at national and international levels.
- You will have access to the equipment, facilities and expertise available at IMRI.
- You will be able to network with industry professionals who use IMRI for partnership and collaboration.
Can I register ?
To qualify for registration you must fulfill the following criteria:
- A good first-class degree qualification or its equivalent
- At least five years’ industrial experience, with preferably two in R&D related activities
- Be positive, enthusiastic and determined to succeed
How does it work ?
- You will be allocated two supervisors, one at your work and one at IMRI
- The PhD project is based on your company’s needs and requirements
- Work is undertaken over three years and can form a single project or three integrated projects
- You will need to produce three academic papers, published in international journals, or generate one full international patent and two published academic papers. These will form the main part of the thesis
Your work will then be examined by academic and industrial external examiners. If your thesis is successful you’ll be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
MSc Advanced Materials
If you have a good first degree in science or technology and wish to continue your studies into M.Sc. level, you may want to consider studying M.Sc. in Advanced Materials at University of Bolton. This one year full-time or two years part-time course enables you to specialize in any of the following five areas:
- Technical Textiles
- Medical Textiles
- Fire Retardant Textiles
- Intelligent Materials
- Smart Microsystems
Students who achieve outstanding results in their M.Sc. at IMRI and wish to continue their studies into PhD could qualify for a year’s scholarship covering fees in their third year of the PhD programme.
The MSc Advanced Materials is for you if you are a scientist looking to further develop your skills and knowledge in the field of advanced materials.
You will be working with modern and advanced materials and have the opportunity to extend your understanding of the methodologies and applications used in high technology and science-based industries. You will use your already extensive understanding of the properties and behaviour of materials in order to envisage and devise novel applications in response to technological problems and shortcomings.
This is a unique and flexible course in which you may choose to specialise in a particular area of advanced materials. Alternatively, you may study a combination of modules from any of the five pathways which will result in a non-specific award of MSc in Advanced Materials.
The department will also consider the development of a tailor-made module if you are in a particular group of students with an interest in a specific area, for example one that that is relevant to the organisation in which you are working.
About the course
The course offers six distinct pathways. Each pathway consists of an individual project and four taught modules. Teaching for each module is delivered as a short-course lasting no more than ten days.
If you do not wish to select a specific pathway you may choose a combination of modules from any of the five pathways. This will lead to a non-specific award of MSc in Advanced Materials.
Written work for each module is in the form of an assignment or an integrated learning package (ILP) and consists of three parts, each with set times and deadlines for submission. This work may take the form of essays, assignments, projects, seminars and case study analyses. It is assessed in parts and feedback will be given during the allocated period of self study.
Key skills will be developed, and assessed at appropriate stages during each part of the assignment. Oral presentation of ILPs will be required in all modules as well as Poster production.
You will be required to complete the ILP within three months of finishing the module to be awarded full credits.
Individual project work will be undertaken within your workplace wherever possible, ensuring relevance to the employer, access to appropriate facilities and allowing sufficient time to be spent on practical work. Where this is not feasible, projects may be based and carried out at the university.
Each module with its completed integrated learning package is worth 30 credits and your project is worth 60 credits. Accumulation of 180 credits in total leads to the award of MSc. Your subject of study and your personal project means you have the opportunity to work in an area that is of personal interest or that is related to your career.
If you choose to progress to doctoral studies at the university after graduation on the MSc, you may qualify to pay for two years of your PhD studies.
What you will learn
You will build on your understanding of modern and advanced materials and the methodologies and applications used in high technology and science-based industries, equipping you with the potential to lead future developments in the field of advanced materials.
You will develop your knowledge so that you are able to relate the physical and chemical structure of materials to their macroscopic properties and provide an insight into materials requirements for current scientific and commercial applications.
Your prior knowledge and understanding in your field will enable you to envisage and devise novel applications – particularly for high technology materials – and develop diagnostic and novel approaches to technological problems and shortcomings through the interdisciplinary use of materials. Your studies will include considerations of the technological, environmental, economical and cultural factors that may influence material choice, manufacturing design, processing conditions and mode of application.
What you will study
The MSc Advanced Materials consists of five pathways, each of which leads to a specific qualification:
MSc in Advanced Materials (Medical & Healthcare)
The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fibre Fundamentals; Technical Textiles; Medical Textiles; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.
MSc in Advanced Materials (Technical Textiles)
The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fibre Fundamentals; Technical Textiles; Geosynthetics; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.
MSc in Advanced Materials (Fire Retardancy)
The following modules are studied in this pathway: Fundamentals of Fire Behaviour; Materials and Fire Retardants; Materials’ Burning Behaviour; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.
MSc in Advanced Materials (Intelligent Materials)
The following modules are studied in this pathway: Properties, Processing and Characterisation of Smart Materials; Modelling Methods and Design of Advanced Materials; Smart Materials; Research Methods in Advanced Materials; Research Project in Advanced Materials.
MSc in Advanced Materials (Smart Microsystems)
The following modules are studied in this pathway: Advanced Materials Processing; Microsystems Design; Functional Materials for Microsystems; Research Methods; Research Project.
Provided there is sufficient interest in a particular subject, we could tailor make a module to suit company or groups of individuals’ interest area. Prior consultation is essential.
Mrs Donna Zarei
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903 101
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903 903
For overseas admission, please contact the International Office at
University of Bolton
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